From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]
“Video found in a drug dealer’s house, during a police blitz. It shows
a PCC’s gang party with free cocaine, weed and alcohol, people using
drugs and having overdose, etc. This all happening with families and
kids watching. As you can see in the video, they closed the street for
PCC is the main terrorist/criminal organization in Brazil, it stands
for Primeiro Comando da Capital, portuguese for First Capital
“Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC; Portuguese for First Capital
Command; IPA: [pɾi’me(i)ɾu ko’mɐ̃du da kapi’taw]) is an anti-
establishment Brazilian prison gang and criminal organization founded
in 1993 by inmates of Taubaté prison in São Paulo. Since its
inception, PCC has been responsible for several criminal activities
such as prison breaks, prison riots, drug trafficking, highway robbery
and terrorist activities.
The name First Capital Command refers to the city of Sao Paulo, which
is the capital of Sao Paulo state. The city and state having the same
name, people from any part of Sao Paulo state often refer to the city
as “the capital”.
The PCC was founded on August 31, 1993, by eight prisoners at Taubaté
Penitentiary, called Piranhão in the state of São Paulo. At the time
this was the safest jail in the state.
The group got together during a football game. When prisoners were
transferred from the city of São Paulo to the Piranhão as punishment
for bad behavior, they decided to name their football team the Capital
The initial members were Misael “Misa” Aparecido da Silva, Wander
Eduardo “Cara Gorda” (Fat Face) Ferreira, Antônio Carlos Roberto da
Paixão, Isaías “Esquisito” (Weird) Moreira do Nascimento, Ademar
“Dafé” dos Santos, Antônio “Bicho Feio” (Ugly Beast) Carlos dos
Santos, César “Césinha” (Little César) Augusto Roris da Silva and José
“Geleião” (Big Jelly) Márcio Felício.
PCC, which was also formerly referred to as the Party of Crime, and as
15.3.3 (following the order of the letters “P” and “C” in the former
Brazilian alphabet), was founded with a clear political agenda, aiming
to “fight the oppression inside the São Paulo penitentiary system” and
to “avenge the death of 111 prisoners”, victims of the October 2, 1992
Carandiru Massacre, when the São Paulo State Military Police stormed
the now extinct Casa de Detenção (a very large prison) and killed
prisoners from its 9th pavillion in the process.
The group made use of the Chinese taititu (“yin yang”) symbol as their
emblem, saying it represented “a way to balance good and evil with
wisdom”. In February 2001, Idemir “Sombra” (Shadow) Carlos Ambrósio
became the most prominent leader of the organization when he
coordinated, by cell phone, simultaneous rebellions in 29 São Paulo
state prisons, in which 16 prisoners were killed. “Sombra”, also
referred to as “father”, was beaten to death on the Piranhão five
months later by five members of the criminal faction in an internal
struggle for the general command of the PCC. The PCC was led by
“Geleião” and “Cesinha”, responsible for the alliance with another
criminal organization, Rio de Janeiro’s Comando Vermelho.
Geleião and Cesinha, from the Bangú Penitentiary where they were held,
went on to coordinate violent attacks against public buildings.
Considered radicals by another moderate current of the PCC, they used
terrorism to intimidate authorities of the prison system and were
withdrawn from leadership in November 2002, when the leadership was
taken by the current leader of the organization Marcos “Marcola”
Willians Herbas Camacho. After he took over, the organization put a
death bounty on Geleião and Cesinha, on the counts of having testified
to the police and creating the Terceiro Comando da Capital (Third
Capital Command, TCC).
Under the leadership of Marcola, also known as “Playboy,” currently
detained for bank robbery, the PCC took part in the March 2003 murder
of Judge Antônio José Machado Dias, who ran the Penitentiary
Readaptation Center (CRP) from Presidente Bernardes, currently
Brazil’s most strict supermax-style prison. The PCC also announced its
objective to use prison uprisings as a way to demoralize the
government and to destroy the CRP.
The organization is partly funded by its members, called “brothers.”
They are required to pay a monthly fee of R$50.00 (about US $23) while
in prison, or R$500.00 (about US $230) if they are outside of it. The
money is used to buy weapons and drugs, and also to finance operations
to bail out prisoners connected to the organization. In order to
become a member of the PCC, the prospective member needs to be
formally introduced by another regular member, taking an oath to
follow its 16-clause statute.
Since the beginning of Friday May 12, 2006 there have been 299 attacks
against public establishments such as police stations, justice forums,
buses, etc; which are allegedly organized by the PCC. The violence
represents the bloodiest assault of its kind in the history of
Brazil’s richest state, São Paulo. The attacks have apparently been
organized by gang members in prison via cell phone.
The Primeiro Comando da Capital has a statute with various rules for
the criminal organization. Disobeying the rules, says the statute,
carries a penalty of death. On May 16, 2006 a couple was arrested with
a copy of the statute.
The rules include:
* The Struggle is for liberty, justice and peace.
* Never use the Party to solve personal conflicts with outsiders.
Because the ideals of the party are above personal conflicts. But the
party will always be loyal and supportive to all its members so that
they don’t suffer any inequality or injustice in external conflicts.
* Emanating from the Central Command of the Capital of the HQ of
the State, the simultaneous action directives in all of the State’s
prison facilities, in a truceless war, borderless, until the final